If talent is key to keeping the growth rate going, Doug Cain, CEO of Mubea North America, a Tier One, manufacturer of lightweight, automotive parts, decided that providing on-site health care was a way to attract and retain employees. The company has grown 300% since 2009 with no signs of stopping.
“Four years ago, I came up with a comprehensive plan to attract talent and one of those pieces was to create both a better workplace and a healthier workplace,” says Cain.
In addition to improving safety by investing in machine guarding and upgrades, he also chose to curtail employee smoking at the plant. “Our health care costs were expensive and given we are partially self-insured I talked to the union and said that if we can reduce costs, I can transfer the savings to wages,” Cain said.
This past July, the company opened its Health & Wellness Center, which is a full family practice center equipped to handle occupational injuries with a trauma room, two examining rooms, a pharmacy, nurse station and waiting room. It is staffed by a family practice physician, registered nurse and medical assistant.
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